JOHNSTOWN - The Johnstown Lady Bills used a huge second quarter to put space between them and the South Glens Falls Lady Bulldogs on their way to their first win of the season 58-50 Thursday.
The game was being made up after being scratched Tuesday when snow blanketed the area.
Both teams got off to a slow start, as the first quarter was the lowest scoring of the game for each. Johnstown held South Glens Falls to seven points in the quarter, while Hope Cerasuolo found a rhythm on both offense and defense for the Lady Bills. Cerasuolo scored six points in the quarter. With Johnstown down 7-5, Cerasuolo picked off an errant pass and found Annie Stock for the easy lay in.
Johnstown’s Hope Cerasulo (24) drives past South Glens Falls’ Bryanna Park during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Johnstown won the first quarter 9-7 and their offense exploded in the second led by Cerasuolo.
The Lady Bills jumped out to a 9-2 run to begin the quarter. Sloppy passes and good Johnstown defense stunted the Lady Bulldogs on offense for much of the first half. Stock was particularly active in the passing lane, while contributing four of her six points in the second quarter.
Cerasuolo put a layup up and in to give Johnstown a 22-12 lead, and the Lady Bills finished the half on a 10-0 run that gave them a 16-point advantage heading into the locker room. Cerasuolo finished with 10 points in the frame.
South Glens Falls looked reinvigorated coming out of the break. The Lady Bulldogs forced three straight Johnstown turnovers to begin the half that helped ignite a 9-0 run for South Glens Falls.
Rylee Coon starred for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half, getting inside at will and banking in layup after layup. Coon scored 18 points in the final 16 minutes, including eight baskets from up close.
Johnstown was able to push their lead back to 11 by the end of the quarter with help from Cerasuolo and Brianna O'Rourke. The two combined for nine of Johnstown's 12 third quarter points.
In the fourth, it was South Glens Falls that once again started hot from the field.
The Lady Bulldogs scored eight straight before Johnstown got on the board. A pair of free throws by Vanessa VanGuilder cut Johnstown's lead to 44-41, the closest South Glens Falls had been since trailing 12-8 early in the second quarter.
Johnstown was able to right the ship and with South Glens Falls struggling midway through the quarter, Kendra McCoy drilled Johnstown's only 3-pointer of the game to put the Lady Bills back up by eight. Coon added nine in the quarter for the Lady Bulldogs, but Johnstown sank eight free throws down the stretch to find the win column for the first time this season.
Cerasuolo led all scorers with 24 points. O'Rourke chipped in nine for Johnstown. Coon's 21 led South Glens Falls followed by Mykenzie Potter with eight.
While the Sir Bills connected just once from beyond the arc, they were able to get to the free throw line with ease all night long. They connected on 21 of 39 from the line for a 54 percent showing. The Lady Bulldogs shot a tidier 61 percent from the stripe.
Johnstown has a quick turnaround and will travel to Gloversville tonight for a 6 p.m. matchup against the Lady Dragons.
Johnstown 58, South Glens Falls 50
South Glens Falls7 9 17 17 - 50
Johnstown9 23 12 14 - 58
Cerasuolo 8-8-24, O'Rourke 3-3-9, Anagnostopulos 1-6-8, Stock 2-2-6, McCoy 2-0-5, Nellis 2-1-5, Catania 0-1-1. Totals 18-21-58.
South Glens Falls
Coon 9-2-21, Potter 2-4-8, Buser 1-4-6, Brown 1-2-4, Park 1-2-4, Relyea-Allen 1-1-3, Curley 1-0-2, VanGuilder 0-2-2. Totals 16-17-50.
Three-point-goals: Johnstown 1 (McCoy); South Glens Falls 1 (Coon)